THE ICS FILES

#13-February 2000

THE JANUARY MEETING WAS A GOOD 'UN
    We took care of some vital business at our January meeting. We elected a new Board of Directors, got some good news from John Clayton (who was busy turning 40 the day before the meeting), got a re-cap of the year from Dave Henderson, discussed ways to hold elections in the future, talked about a proposed amendment to the constitution, and still had time to watch X-THE UNKNOWN. Whatta meeting! Details on several of these topics follow immediately.

WE WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBER
    We extend a warm welcome to Mr. Lee Conrad. Linda and Lee joined as a couple at our last meeting. Welcome aboard Lee!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    We extend greetings to our year 2000 Board of Directors. The members on this year's Board are John Clayton, Dave Henderson, Joe Plempel, David Willard and Charlie Wittig. We hope that the new Board will guide to as successful a year this year as the we had in 1999.

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
    We hope that the club will last forever. However, there are no provisions to guide us if it disbands. There is an amendment that we'll be discussing at our next meeting. The proposed amendment would look like this:
DISBANDING THE CLUB
In the event the the club should disband, the Board of Directors will take the following steps:
1. Liquidate all assets.
2. Satisfy all debts.
3. Donate the balance of the funds to the National Film Preservation Foundation.

DUES NEWS
    Dues are due. Everyone has until the end of March to get their dues paid up. It's $20 per person, $30 per couple. As of this writing I'm showing the following people have paid their dues.
 

Jeff Barker  Gary Roberson
Tom Burke Mike Schilling
Linda & Lee Conrad Jack Tydings
Ralph & Peggy Gervasio  Regina Vallerani
Leith Lomakin John Ward 
Lorne Marshall David Willard
 Joe Plempel  Charlie Wittig

      If you've paid and your name has been left off of this list please contact John Clayton at jcclayton@pcbank.net or at 410-730-4678. If you'd like to pay please mail a check to:
 

John Clayton
10354 Windstream Drive
Columbia, MD 21044

NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
    Our February meeting will be held on Saturday February 26th at 6:00 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. John Ward will be bringing the movies. Vince will be doing his panel on movie soundtracks. To get there, take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in.

GET WELL PEGGY GERVASIO!
    Peggy Gervasio has had to face one simple thing--she's not made out of iron. She hurt her foot recently (no, it wasn't when she was kicking Ralph's keester). We didn't see Ralph and Peggy at the last meeting because of concerns for her foot on an icy, snowy lot. We hope that things work out that you can join us for our February meeting. We're always the poorer for your absence.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLIE WITTIG
    Charlie has given his lungs a spectacular Christmas gift this year--some fresh air! Last Christmas Charlie went from two packs of nastiness a day to zero! Congratulations Charlie. Keep up the good work.

GET TO KNOW ME-MY NAME IS JEFF BARKER
(this is the first in a series of articles that will focus on individuals in the club)
    Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr. Jeffry Barker, ICS Member.
    He grew up in Long Beach, California. He lived near Los Angeles until six years ago, when a job transfer brought him to Bawlmer. The government knows him as "Special Agent Jeffry E. Barker," in his role as an investigator for the Defense Security Service (I wonder if he's ever investigated any X-Files?).
    His interest in great horror and science fiction films led him to the old Horror and Fantasy Film Society, which, after its demise, brought him to the Imaginative Cinema Society. He was also led by his enjoyment of the people in the club that he's come to know. Through his associations with club members and his attendance at conventions, he's begun to collect original posters, whenever he can afford them.
    Besides his pleasure in the classic horror films of the thirties and forties he also likes classic comedies and their stars. He likes the films of Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers. He also appreciates the "lovably bad" science fiction films by the likes of Ed Wood and Phil Tucker (boy howdy, is HE in the right club!).
    Special Agent Barker, it's a pleasure to know you. We're glad that you're in the club Jeff!

NEWS ON THE PROJECTOR FUND
    At this writing the Projector Fund has $231. That may be a deceptively healthy start. Two individuals contributed $100 each. The rest of it came from donations from our contribution box at the last meeting.
    If we are to make the dream of a video projector become a reality, we'll need people to think in terms of "units." The projector will cost $2,000. Think of a unit as being 1% of that, or $20. Some of us can contrinbute several units (for example, two people have donated would would amount to "five units" each with their $100 gifts). Others of us may only be able to afford a single unit. Some of us may have to strecth that out single unit out over a series of meetings. It's whatever we're each able to do. This is a shared scarifice that will benefit all of us.
    In order to avoid distractions, the Board has decided to place a single "ceegar" box out at meetings for a while. All of our donations at the meetings will go toward the Projector Fund until the goal is won.
    Anyone who'd like to send in a check for the Fund please mail a check to:
 

John Clayton
10354 Windstream Drive
Columbia, MD 21044

THAT'S AOL FOLKS
    Unless you've been off on another planet you've heard about the merger that would unite America On Line with Time-Warner. It's almost beyond comprehension just how vast this deal is. Following is a partial list of companies that will be part of the new $350 billion behemoth:
    Movies: Castle Rock, MovieFone, New Line, Warner Bros.
    Television: Cartoon Network, Cinemax, CNN, CNNfn, CNN Headline News, CNN International, Comedy Central, HBO, Loony Tunes, TBS, Time Warner Cable, Turner Classic Movies, WB Network
    Internet: America On Line, AOL.COM, AOL Instant Messenger, Compuserve, ICQ, Netscape, Spinner, Winamp.
    Book Publishing: Little Brown Publishers, Oxmoor House, Sunset Books, Time/Life Books, Warner Books
    Magazine Publishing: Asiaweek, Baby Talk, Bebe, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, D.C. Comics, Dancyu, Entertainment Weekly, Family Life, Fortune, Health, InStyle, Life, Money, Mutual Funds, President, Progressive Farmer, SouthernAccents, Southern Living, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Sports Illustrated for Women, Sunset, Teen People, This Old House, Time, Time Digital, Time for Kids, Vertigo Comics, Weight Watchers, Who Weekly.
    Music: Atlantic Records, Elektra Entertainment, Rhino Records, Sire Records, Warner Music,Warner Records.

    It's probably just me, but the thought of all these companies that, as movie and TV fans and internet users touch us every day, all speaking with one voice, all incestuously looping in shameless cross-promotions, kind of creeps me out. It's like having your very own Borg collective on the privacy of your own planet.

THE GLASS TEAT
THE QUEEN OF SWORDS. A new TV syndicated fantasy series, THE QUEEN OF SWORDS, is currently lining up broadcast markets. It features a Xena-like warrior heroine. . . .X-FILES spin-off. Sandy Grushow, chairman of Fox Entertainment Group, announced to a meeting of the Television Critic's Association that they're working with Chris Carter for an X-FILES spin-off. This one would focus on the Lone Gunmen, the group of enlightened amateurs who use high tech solutions to assist Agents Mulder and Scully when they can't route things through official channels. . . . UPN's GORILLA WORLD. Todd McFarlane, creator of SPAWN, is working on a project for UPN tentatively called, GORILLA WORLD. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world where gorilla's are the dominant rulers and humans are endangered species. They swear that this is not related to PLANET OF THE APES in any way. McFarlane explained, "What it is, is sort of a cool, sci-fi drama that happens to have a tip of the hat to my love of Darwin, evolution and PLANET OF THE APES . . . it's really not about the apes. The show is about man, apes and monsters, and there's going to be lots of monsters." . . . I wonder if they'll change the title? UPN is working on a series featuring Japanese anime'-like animation. It will be based on the comic book RAT BASTARD. . . . The Three Stooges Return. ABC is working on a bio-pic of The Three Stooges. Production just started on the end of January. No word as to air date. Paul Ben-Victor is Moe, John Kassir is Shemp, Evan Handler is Larry and Michael Chiklis is Curly. . . . Good news for FUTURAMA fans. Fox has just renewed "Futurama" for another season. At this point it's unclear if that will be for 13 episodes or 22. Each episode takes a long time to produce and the window is nearing when the entire season will have to be in. . . . FARSCAPE: THE MOVIE? Producer Rockne S. O'Bannon has been talking about a theatrical release based on his hit show on the Sci-Fi Channel, FARSCAPE.  At the moment the show is the highest rated show on the channel. The movie appears to be in the earliest stages of pondering at this point. . . . THE SIMPSONS decade! The longest running show on Fox, THE SIMPSONS is celebrating its tenth year! To celebrate they've launched a tenth anniversary web site offering free ISP and e-mail service, monthly SIMPSONS trivia contests, a SIMPSONS store, bulletin boards, chats, webcasts, and voting. . . . Welcome to THE 10th KINGDOM. NBC will air the Hallmark miniseries, THE 10th KINGDOM, a  five-part, ten-hour mini-series. It stars Kimberly Williams (Relativity, Father of the Bride) as a New York waitress who finds herself suddenly transported to a fantastic fairy tale alternate reality. John Larroquette, Diane Wiest, Ed O'Neill, Camryn Manheim, Rutger Hauer, and Warwick Davis also star. The website launched for the show is an all-SHOCKWAVE interactive journey through the Nine Kingdoms, stopping in Red Riding Hood Forest, Dragon Mountain, Troll King Palace, Kissing Town, and the Snow White Memorial Prison, where you can also find further info on the series' characters. A second phase adds a Reference Guide on the fairy tales featured in the miniseries, a timeline of the events that have taken place since the Brothers Grimm visited the Nine Kingdoms 200 years ago, and SHOCKWAVE games like Jackrabbit Jackpot Game, the Sheep Tile game, and the Tarot Game. KINGDOM will air on February 27th and 28th, and March 1st, 5th, and 6th. Check out http://www.t10k.com. . . . Get ready to meet the DARK ANGEL. James Cameron and Charles Eglee are putting together a new sci-fi series for Fox called DARK ANGEL. The series introduces a genetically- enhanced 18-year-old beauty (Jessica Alba)who has escaped from a top secret lab project. . . . Jet-Li is INVINCIBLE. TBS has ordered an original two-hour movie/potential series pilot for INVINCIBLE, a martial arts action spectacular from ALLIANCE ATLANTIS Communications, Mel Gibson's ICON productions, and his LETHAL WEAPON co-star Jet Li. Tentatively set to premiere late this year or early next, INVINCIBLE will spotlight the ancient martial art known as wushu, with the choreography and death-defying action scenes you might expect to find in a Hong Kong film. "Introducing wushu through the medium of television will allow us to reach a wider audience than we could with film, and we can use each episode of the series to expand on the martial art's complicated but profound philosophy," said Jet Li. "In addition, INVINCIBLE will feature awesome action sequences that go beyond the light-headed, bang-bang action often found on television.There will be a healthy underlying moral theme, emphasizing control, discipline and the balance of good and evil." . . . EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED ON BUFFY. Fans of BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER have seen the emergence of a para-military force called "The Initiative." At this writing the group and its most visible member, Riley, seem to be mainstreaming into the show. According to Marc Blucas, the actor who plays Riley, don't get too comfortable with that notion. This is a show that prides itself on unexpected reversals. . . .WILLOW WALKS ON THE WILD SIDE. Also for BUFFY fans, expect Willow's relationship with Tara to blossom romantically. Producer Joss Whedon swears that it's not the kind of thing where it will be over by the end of the episode. Whedon said, "I just know there's a sweet story there, that would become very complicated if Oz were to show up again. Which he will.". . . MORE NEXT GEN/VOYAGER CROSSOVERS. Look for another guest appearance by Marina Sirtis and Dwight Schultz as Troi and Barkley from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION on an upcoming episode of VOYAGER. In the "I, Zimmerman," episode, spawned from an idea by cast member Robert Picardo, the Voyager's Doctor is beamed back to Earth to help save his dying creator. . . . Slip Slidin' away. The Sci-Fi Channel will air the final new episode of SLIDERS on February 4th at 9 P.M. Just prior to the airing they'll show the original two-hour pilot film for the show.

"VOYAGER" CAST LOOKS FORWARD TO JOURNEY'S END
    Roxann Dawson, who portrays engineer B'Elanna Torres on STAR TREK: VOYAGER, is contemplating a post-VOYAGER existence. She said, "I go from job to job, and once we're done doing VOYAGER, I'd like to be able to move onto the next job without any restrictions, without having to be B'Elanna for the rest of my life." Ethan Phillips (Neelix) has complained about his makeup. "Your whole head is vacumn-packed into a rubber skin that's glued to your face, and it takes four hours to put it on. Man, I can't stand it any more after six years. So I don't care if they use me too much." Kate Mulgrew (Captain Catherine Janeway) has said that she hopes that next year's seventh season will be the last. She said that she doesn't yet know how the show will end, "But if I were in charge, I would get us home either at the end of this season or early in the next. Can you imagine the stories that would evolve out of that premise? The Maquis are criminals; Tom Paris is supposed to be in jail; Seven of Nine is a Borg! The possibilities are endless."

GOOD CALL VOYAGER
    The following snippet of dialogue is from a "Star Trek: Voyager" episode entitled "11:59." It was first broadcast on May 5, 1999. Captain Janeway is reflecting back on her ancestor, Shannon O'Donnell. We see an exchange between Shannon and the man that she would eventually marry, Henry Janeway. The time is December, 2000 and she's reflecting back on December 31, 1999.
"Last year, when 2000 arrived, everyone was convinced it was the dawn of a new era. But when the world didn't end, and the flying saucers didn't land, and the Y2K bug didn't turn out a single lightbulb, you'd think everybody would have realized it was a number on the calendar. But oh no, they had to listen to all the hucksters who told them the REAL millennium was 2001. So this year's New Year's Eve will be as boring as last year."

CHOOSE A BABYLON 5 STORY THEME
    In the most recent issue of BABYLON 5 magazine there's an entry form for readers to choose the theme for the next BABYLON 5 short story to be by J.M. Stracynski and to be published in a future issue. You can select:
A. Old B5 crew (during the 5 year arc)
B. New B5 crew (after the 5 year arc)
C. Garibaldi
D. G'Kar
Look for new Starcynski B5 stories in future issues and in "Amazing Stories," hitting the stands in June.

SCIENCE FICTION RADIO SET TO RETURN
    Remember those great classic radio sci-fi masterpieces like DIMENSION X and X MINUS ONE? Me neither. But I've heard about them and what fun they were. We're about to get a fresh taste of them thanks to National Public Radio's new show called BEYOND 2000. It will be hosted by Harlan Ellison and will offer great works of science fiction literature. The series will feature dramatizations of stories by Isaac Asimov, Fredric Brown, Ellison, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, Theodore Sturgeon, A.E. van Vogt (see "Thanks for the Memories" below), Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, H.G. Wells, Connie Willis, Roger Zelazny and others. The programs will showcase performances by actors Rene Auberjonois, Richard Dreyfuss, Samantha Eggar, Robert Foxworth, William Sanderson, Robin Williams and others. The show is set to debut in April. You may wish to contact your local public radio station now and get them to pick it up. If you live in Baltimore, contact WJHU's general manager, Ray Dilley, at rdilley@wjhu.org.

BRADBURY'S STILL WRITING
    Ray Bradbury has not let time (80 years of it) or health (recovering from a stroke suffered last Fall) deter him from what he loves the most, writing. He has two new novels coming out later this year, Let's All Kill Constance and From the Dust Returns. He's also written the curiously titled, A Chat Book for Burned-out Priests, Rabbis and Ministers--For Weekends When they are Bored Silly. He plans to continue writing for the rest of his life.

VONNEGUT RECOVERING FROM FIRE
    Kurt Vonnegut, the 77-year old author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle; is recovering from smoke inhalation as the result of a fire in his New York brownstone on January 29th. He was listed as being in serious but stable condition. He also suffers from emphysema. He's expected to spend a few days in intensive care. His wife and 17-year old daughter were home but were uninjured. The building was only slightly damaged.

MARS GETS ITS OWN FLAG!
    Inspired by the science fiction novels Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, the Mars Society has just introduced a tri-color that will fly over the Mars Arctic Research Station (MARS) that is being built at the North Pole. The station, being built in conjunction with NASA, will test technology that would be used for a manned mission to Mars.

ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE CHAMPS
    A list of the fifty highest grossing films, calculated by worldwide box office figures, has been released. All fifty are
American titles. Nearly half (22) of them fall under the umbrella of imaginative cinema. Here is how the top twenty of that list looks:

1. TITANIC 11. ARMAGEDDON
2. JURASSIC PARK 12. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
3. STAR WARS: PHANTOM MENACE 13. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
4. INDEPENDENCE DAY 14. GHOST
5. STAR WARS 15. ALADDIN
6. THE LION KING  16. TWISTER
7. E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL 17. INDIANA JONES/LAST CRUSADE
8. FORREST GUM 18. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
9. THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK 19. HOME ALONE
10. MEN IN BLACK 20. RETURN OF THE JEDI

    As far as the rest of the list, regarding imaginative cinema, JAWS was #21, THE SIXTH SENSE was #23, THE MATRIX #24, BATMAN was #30, THE MUMMY #31, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK #34, GODZILLA #35, BACK TO THE FUTURE #36 and GHOSTBUSTERS was #41.  This list only looked at the total dollars taken in around the world. It did not adjust for inflation and, of course, ticket prices are astronomically higher than they've ever been.

A PIECE OF MARYLAND'S FILM HISTORY IS SAVED
    The state of Maryland was scheduled to tear down the derelict house that stands in Patapsco State Park that was used in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. The wrecking ball's been halted, thanks to Artisan Entertainment. The 200 year old Griggs house will be spared by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. No word yet on what its final fate will be.

MICHAEL CAINE LIKES 'EM YOUNG
    Michael Caine has stipulated that he will only appear in love scenes with women much younger than him. Caine, who is 66, had this revelation when watching his old pal, Sean Connery, in ENTRAPMENT and thought, hey what about me? He said,"These days, my fear of accepting a role where I get the girl is that the girl will look like Margaret Rutherford or something. I don't want to have a love scene with a woman who looks like me for goodness' sake."

IMAX RIDING HIGH
    Thanks to the shot in its oversized arm granted it by FANTASIA 2000, IMAX is doing better than ever. They have just announced an October release for CYBERWORLD, a 45-minute compilation of animation featuring clips from THE SIMPSONS (the 3D bit from that Treehouse of Horrors episode...), ANTZ (the bar sequence where Z and Weaver first meet Princess Bala), MONKEY BRAIN SUSHI (from Siggraph '97), and other animated programming, as well as a video from the PET SHOP BOYS. The movie will be hosted by a tour guide named Phig, who will be voiced by Jenna Elfman.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS CYCLE HITS SOME ROUGH SPOTS
    Filming has not been easy for Peter Jackson as he makes his way through THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy on his set in New Zealand. Queenstown was hit with the worst flood of the past 90 years, washing out a road that was built at great expense for the film. Jackson and his cast autographed a copy of the trilogy  that was auctioned off for flood relief fir the local victims. The set has also been inundated with spies trying to get unauthorized access for news and internet scoops. Security is extremely tight now.

IMAGINATIVE CINEMA RECOGNIZED AS THE AWARD SEASON BEGINS
    As we approach the Academy Awards the annual first quarter compulsion to hand statues and plaques to favorite movies has begun to manifest itself. The 26th annual People's Choice Awards (based on a Gallup Poll of 5,000 respondents) awarded favorite dramatic picture to THE SIXTH SENSE. They recognized Bruce Willis as favorite star. The National Society of Film Critics was tied in its best picture voting. They recognized both BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and TOPSY TURVY as best pictures of 1999. The BEING JOHN MALKOVICH screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, was honored for his efforts by both the New York Film Critics circle and the Los Angeles Film Critcs Association.

AND THE PRODUCER IS . . .
    In a move to try to make the producer credit mean something, THE MOTION PICTURE ARTS ACADEMY has just announced that no movie will be considered for Best Picture that has more than three producers. This is in an effort to force companies to decide who the actual producers are and to bring respect to that credit. In Tim Burton's recent release, SLEEPY HOLLOW, he was stunned to discover Francis Ford Coppola's name appearing on the finished print as one of the executive producers. Burton had walked the project through, start to finish, and swore the credit was the first time that he'd seen Coppola's name attached to the project.

PROLIFIC DIRECTOR RETIRES!
    Alan Smithee has nearly 50 films and television shows to his credit, mostly over the last twenty years. Looks like the old veteran may be retiring. "Alan Smithee" has been the popular pseudonym used by disgruntled directors when they're unhappy with projects that have been wrested from their control. It was meant to be a subtle protest that Hollywood insiders would recognize. Smithee's name has been so widely publicized (especially after Arthur Hiller, the director of the movie AN ALAN SMITHEE FILM, got so frustrated with writer/producer Joe Esterhaus's meddling he had his name removed and replaced with the title pseudonym) that it now looks like a big upraised middle finger in the face of Hollywood producers. In the recent movie, SUPERNOVA, director Walter Hill was discreetly credited as "Thomas Lee." There's no word yet if Mr. Lee will be taking over permanently for Mr. Smithee.

FAHRENHEIT 451 IS EXTINGUISHED
    There's been a buzz for years about the Ray Bradbury classic FAHRENHEIT 451 being brought to the screen by Mel Gibson. The script has been through ten re-writes. Recently, Gibson told a USA Today interviewer, "The window of opportunity for that one has passed me by." There's no word as to other parties possibly picking up the project, but at this point it is dead.

DON'T LOOK FOR THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME MODEL
    Polar Lights, the Indiana based company that's been re-issuing classic Aurora monster models, has been forced by Disney to change the name of its HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME model. Even though it's based on a version of the HUNCHBACK done decades before Disney's animated version, it's now called "THE BELL-RINGER OF NOTRE DAME." Polar Lights has asked that angry comments be withheld from Internet BB's. They may be working with Disney sometime in the future.

A BOTTLE OF POP AT THE MOVIES
    Do you remember those little 6oz. bottles of Coke from years ago? They had the classic Coke bottle design and were made out of that familiar "Georgia Green" glass. Well, Coca-Cola is making them 8oz. and is making the glass thinner and will be re-introducing them at movie theaters, sports arenas and malls in 75 cities. It will probably generate a wave of nostalgia among older folks and a wave of bewilderment among younger ones.

I DIDN'T KNOW EDGAR ALLEN POE WORE ONE SEQUINED GLOVE!
    You've probably heard the rumors. They appear to be true. Michael Jackson, yes that Michael Jackson, will be undergoing a transformation into the 19th century writer, Edgar Allen Poe, for a film to be shot in September. Early reports indicate that Jackson may be getting some digital help to help turn his face into Poe's. Since it focuses on Poe's last days, there's no word yet, but some of it may be shot in Baltimore. The film will be called NIGHTMARE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE (gee, I wonder if having Michael Jackson portraying him 150 years after his death was one of Poe's nightmares) and will feature hallucination scenes with images from Poe's writings. It's reported that there will also be a teenage love story. So who gets to play the "lost Lanore?" LaToya?

IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
    February 4th: SCREAM 3- The usual gang (Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette) star in what director Wes Craven swears will remain a trilogy of movies.
    February 18th: PITCH BLACK-A ship crashes on an unexplored planet plunged in perpetual daylight. An eclipse is about to occur that will bring the murderous predators out to feed. The crash survivors only hope lies with the prisoner that they were transporting.

GEORGE LUCAS THROWS OUT HIS DISC
    When STAR WARS, EPISODE I: PHANTOM MENACE makes its worldwide video debut on April 4, don't hold your breath waiting for the DVD. There is not going to be one anytime soon. Lucas has said that he's too busy with pre-production on the next episode to give the DVD his full attention. There will be a DVD eventually, but possibly not until after the third film is released. Several DVD web sites have taken a full page ad in the January 24th Daily Variety to ask LucasFilms to reconsider.

DVD VS. VHS: THE WAR FOR SHELF SPACE
    Retailers across the country are facing the difficult decision of what to do for shelf space in a battle of VHS, the bread and butter of the business, and DVD, the soaring new format taking hold in homes across America. Newer Best Buy stores are split 50/50 between the two formats, while older stores lean a little heavier toward tapes. Borders is allocating through attrition--as the VHS sells its being compressed to make way for DVD. Some retailers are simply using space once dedicated to laser discs and cd-roms. Others are simply tightening rack space and expanding DVD sections with the newly freed room. Look for an eventual sell off of marginal inventory, wherever you go for your video, through this year.

WHO ARE YOU?
    Some interesting data has just been released on profiles of Video and DVD afficiandos.It appeared in "Video Store Magazine." Following is an example of the results.
    If you own a DVD, here's where you're likely to fall in:
    PC Owner................................86%
    Own 2 or more VCR's..............78%
    Uses the internet at home...........72%
    Annual income 40K plus............71%
    Subscribes to cable....................69%
    Owns video games.....................66%
    Male..........................................64%
    So if you fit this profile and you don't own a DVD player, get your act together. It's a demographic necessity!

DISNEY RETHINKS VIDEO POLICY
    Michael Eisner is someplace where he seldom finds himself--in trouble. Disney is still profitable but not quite as robust as it has been. As a result, fans of classic animation will be getting some unexpected treats this year. Disney has changed its policy of releasing titles for a limited time and then placing then on ten year moratoriums. Throughout the year Disney will be releasing titles regardless of where they were on the moratorium schedule. They'll be cutting the prices down to slightly more approachable levels. They'll be calling this their "Gold Classic Collection." More on this as the titles come up for release.

JAPAN IN A QUEST FOR THE ALL-IN-ONE BOX!
    Researchers in Japan hope to have an all-in-one set top box on the market be 2003. They want a device that will receive both cable and satellite signals and can connect to the Internet. Their pricing goal is $350.

THE DEFINITIVE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD DISC
    The jury's in. Review cyberzines like "DVD Addiction," and "DVD Unleashed" have heralded the Elite Entertainment rendition of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD the best of the bunch! The title is public domain, and as a result several different companies have released versions of the film on video and DVD. Marc Girdler at "DVD Addiction" said, "They did right what everyone else did wrong." The version that finished "dead" last in several polls was Anchor Bay's. So far Elite has about a dozen horror and sci-fi titles available on disc.

THE IDEA FORMERLY KNOWN AS "DIVX"
    As you may remember, the format known as "DIVX" is D.O.A. Divx was a format that required a special machine and featured a disc that looked like a DVD but one that wouldn't play after a couple of days unless the owner paid a $4.50 fee. Essentially it was a way for companies like Circuit City (Divx's most enthusiastic supporter) to be in the movie rental business without having to handle late fees, movie returns, etc. Well, you may have figured the Divx concept would have died with the format. You'd a figured wrong.
    Meet Spectradisc. Spectradisc is a time-limited DVD. The disc is coated with a special substance that renders the disc unwatchable after two days. Unlike Divx, it can play on any DVD player. It's developer, Nabil M. Lawandy of Spectra Science, speculates that large stores (like Circuit City), grocery stores, pizza delivery places, in fact any place that wants the revenue from movie rentals without actually being in the movie rental business, will love it. But will we? It's still in the development stage and is being actively shopped to studios now. The inventors still have a few major hurdles (like if air gets on the disc it can break down before it's ever played). I'll keep you posted.

WAL-MART'S ONLINE VIDEO AND DVD WITH A TWIST
    There are "bricks-and-mortar" retailers that exist only in the real world. Then there are "e-tailers" that exist only in cyberspace. Wal-Mart is joining a third, hybrid category--"clicks-and-mortar."  They're interfacing the two operations. They've just started selling videos and DVD's online. They're trying to be their usual aggressive selves with low pricing. But they're giving it a slightly different twist if you want to avoid shipping fees. You can reserve a hot selling title online and then pick it up at the store of your choice. Look for more "clicks-and-mortar" maneuvers from retailers in the near future.

. . . GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
    Blockbuster Video has cut a deal with MGM Home Entertainment to begin streaming the studio's extensive catalog over the internet. The MGM library has been recently liberated from its shotgun wedding with Warner's after paying $112 million to buy it's way out of the long standing union last March. It has acquired Orion and Polygram, giving it control of 4,100 titles, including the JAMES BOND and ROCKY series. MGM president David Bishop has admitted that streaming technology as a reliable source of revenue may be years away but, "this is the first step in being prepared for whatever delivery system the consumer chooses, be it VHS, DVD or the Internet."

BIGSTAR.COM LOOKS BEYOND VHS AND DVD
    Blockbuster isn't the only e-tailer looking to streaming technology. David Friedenshon of BigStar.com from "packaged goods" (sending out discs and tapes) and into the business of sending out movies directly over the net. Anyone with high speed access can take a seat in BigStar's broadband theater now and view free screenings of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, D.O.A. DEAD ON ARRIVAL, THE TERROR, and DEMENTIA 13. Once demand increases Friedenshon expects to move into the a purely digital rental-retail program.

BLOCKBUSTER MEETS THE INDIES
    Blockbuster Video has just signed a three year deal with the Sundance Channel for exclusive video rights for up to six indie titles a year annually from film festivals, including the Sundance Festival. Blockbuster will maintain exclusive rights for any selected titles for six months. The titles will remain on the chain's shelves for 18 months.

VIDEOCY
Rental titles releasing 2/1:THE STIR OF ECHOES releases today. The movie's based on a novel by Richard Matheson. It's similar to THE SIXTH SENSE, including a little boy who converses with the dead and a "ah ha" at the end. This one features Kevin Bacon and Ileana Douglas, with screenplay and direction by David Koepp, the screenwriter for JURASSIC PARK and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. . . .

Rental title releasing 2/8: THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, with Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron, releases today. It's the story of an astronaut who comes back from space a changed man--changed in ways that slowly become apparent to his newly pregnant wife. Think ROSEMARY'S BABY meets THE RIGHT STUFF with a bit of ALIEN thrown in. The DVD is $24.98. . . . FIST OF LEGEND is a darker, more intense version of Bruce Lee's classic FIST OF FURY. Jet Li stars as Chen Zhen, the student who must avenge his master's honor after his murder by the Japanese. This is based on a true story. . . .ANIMAL ROOM is a movie for those people who just didn't get enough of vicious teenage cults from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Neil Patrick Harris plays a bright high school kid who occasionally dabbles in drugs. When  he's discovered he's sent to the room in the title, which is just a basement level pit below the school. There he's subjected to the unsupervised atrocities inflicted by the worst of the violent offenders that have been removed from the student body. If you've been anxious to see someone force fed a lunch of toilet bowl soup or have their head cracked open like an egg, this is your movie. Everyone else, beware. . . . ABSENCE OF THE GOOD is another troubled cop vs. the super-twisted serial killer plot. The cop is a detective on the Salt Lake City P.D., played by Stephen Baldwin. He launches a relentless search for a murderer who butchers people in places connected with his childhood. . . .

Rental titles releasing 2/15: In TOTAL RECALL 2070 (taken from the series that airs on Showtime) Michael Easton stars as a police detective in a world where the lines between technology and humanity are frequently blurred. . . . GRAY OWL is being described as "A $40 million epic." You'll have to watch it and see why it's being released directly to video. It was directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Pierce Brosnan. It's a true story of a 1930's trapper who adapts Indian ways when he finds their world is threatened with extinction. The DVD is available for $24.95. . . . THE MUSE is an Albert Brooks fantasy about a frustrated screen writer who literally meets his Muse, in the form of Sharon Stone as a supernatural being determined to inspire him. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell and Jeff Bridges, with cameos by Martin Scorsese, Rob Reiner, James Cameron and Cybil Shepard. The VHS is not at a sell-through price. The DVD is available for $24.95. . . . BROKEDOWN PALACE is the nightmarish story of two young carefree girls celebrating their high school graduation (played by Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsdale) having their Asian vacation turn into a 33 year sentence in a Thai prison. Bill Pullman plays the American expatriate lawyer trying to free them. . . . BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel, makes its video debut today after a very short play at the theaters. It stars Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney and Barbara Hershey. . . . BLACK CAT is a Chinese martial arts remake of the French film, LA FEMME NIKITA, from Tai Seng Video. It's about a violently disturbed young lady (played by Jade Leung) who suddenly finds herself in a government training facility. She's trained to be a government assassin and becomes very good at it. She becomes caught between her love for a new boyfriend and her deal with the government. . . .

Rental titles releasing 2/22: BATS, the movie that the club members that endured it loved to hate, releases today. Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer star in this story of a mad scientist who releases genetically altered blood-thirsty bats onto a Southwestern town. It claims its lineage can be traced to Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. It sounds to me like it more properly belongs to Bela Lugosi's KILLER BATS. For you collectors out there you can pick up the DVD for $24.95 and enjoy hours more fun of Bats extras! . . . THE EROTIC WITCH PROJECT is a goofy softcore spoof of the original. This one has three nubile maidens entering the woods in Bacchusville, New Jersey (the movie was directed by John Bacchus for the tiny E.I. Independent Cinema). It apes the original down to camera angles and dialogue (except for the presence of nekkid goils). . . .

Rental titles releasing 2/29: MGM will release STIGMATA. It's about a young lady, portrayed by Patricia Arquette, who experiences a series of supernatural attacks and the priest (Gabriel Byrne) who tries to help her. . . .

Sell through titles releasing 2/1:Warner Brothers is releasing some of their classics today at a sell-through price. They've got BLADE RUNNER, ABSOLUTE POWER, SLEEPERS, THE PELICAN BREIF, A BRONX TALE, TRUE CRIME and THE CORRUPTER all at a minimum advertised price of $9.95 for the VHS (the DVD pricing wasn't available). They'll also be releasing a digitally remastered MALTESE FALCON (along with a retrospective documentary and a look at Bogie's career) for a minimum advertised price of $13.95. . . . Kino re-releases two German silent masterpieces today. NOSFERATU and the CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI are available for $24.95. CALIGARI comes with a short bonus film--GENUINE: A TALE OF THE VAMPIRE. . . . TARZAN, Disney's hit animated feature, swings into a store near you today. This one is a departure from recent Disney animation. Phil Collins sings several songs in the background, but none of the characters burst out in song. While it may be stretching the definition of "sell-through" a little, the VHS is $26.99 and the DVD is $39.99. . . . Columbia is offering a gift pack. For $26.95 you can buy a twin pack of I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER/ I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. . . . Newly released on DVD are the following Big Green combos GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH/ GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA and REBIRTH OF MOTHRA/ REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II. Both double features list for $24.95. . . . GODS AND MONSTERS, the speculative account of director James Whale's last days, hits sell-through today. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD lists at $34.98. . . . VIRUS, the sci-fi action flick with Jamie Lee Curtis, Billy Baldwin and Donald Sutherland hits store shelves today. The VHS is $14.98. . . .

Sell through titles releasing 2/8:SPELL WARS and ICEZELION, a pair of new anime's, hit the streets today. You have your choice of dubbed at $19.98 or subtitled at $29.95. . . . Columbia is releasing their twin pack of STEPMOM/ARLINGTON ROAD for $14.95.

Sell through titles releasing 2/15: OCTOBER SKY is the kind of movie that's perfect for anyone who grew up dreaming of rocket ships. This is the true story of growing up poor in the fifties and reaching out to the stars. It has suggested retail of $14.98. . . .

Sell through titles releasing 2/22:MARTIAN SUCCESSOR: NADESICO V.2 and TATTOON MASTER, a pair of new anime's, become available today. The dubbed is $19.98, the subtitled goes for $29.95. . . . Columbia releases several recent and classic titles for $12.95 today. Included are CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, ANACONDA, FLATLINERS, THE NET, WOLF and THE LAST ACTION HERO. . . . SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, the 1968 title that was billed as "Edgar Allen Poe's ultimate orgy," will be re-released today. It features the work of three classic directors; Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Frederico Fellini; in this trilogy of stories based on Poe. It stars Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda, Brigette Bardot, Vincent Price and Terrence Stamp. The suggested retail is $19.95. . . .FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE on DVD gets released today. The 1940 serial is the third and final installment in the Flash Gordon serial trilogy. The disc contains a never-before-seen interview with Buster Crabbe and commentary taken from Buster Crabbe's university speaking tours. . . . ZERO WOMAN: ASSASSIN LOVERS is a Japanese title from a company that usually deals exclusively in anime'. This is considered "live anime.'" A beautiful undercover killer (Kumiko Takeda), who works for the police department's secretive Zero Division, falls in love with the wrong man, a trained assassin for the bad guys. The VHS goes for $29.95. . .

Sell through titles releasing 2/29: GALAXINA, the 1980 sci-fi spoof that starred the late Playmate of the Year, Dorothy Stratten, will be re-issued by Rhino Video today. Stratten plays a 31st century robot with emotions. The VHS is $29.95, the DVD is $19.95. . . . THE WU TANG LIQUID SWORD COLLECTION gets released today from Xenon Entertainment. This a ten-pack of movies featuring Chinese swordsmanship. The collection includes TITANIUM BLADE, LYRICAL BLADES, LIQUID SWORDS II, FLAMING SWORDS, CELESTIAL SOULJAS, TRUE MASTER, AVENGING EAGLE, INVINCIBLE SUPER CHAN, BLACK EAGLE'S BLADE and DARK SKINNED ASSASSIN. The standard play is $19.98 each. The extended play is $9.98 each.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
    MARGUERITE CHURCHILL was born in Kansas City, Missouri on Christmas day in the year 1909. She had a brief but memorable career, rising to the rank of leading lady in the glamorous Golden era of Hollywood. From 1929 to 1935 she appeared in 25 movies. She was John Wayne's first leading lady in THE BIG TRAIL in 1930. Horror fans might remember her as playing opposite Karloff in THE WALKING DEAD in 1936. Her most famous horror film came later that year with the original sequel to DRACULA-- DRACULA'S DAUGHTER. She played the fiancee to the leading man, and was subsequently kidnapped by the Countess Dracula. She dropped out of the movies at the height of her career to take on the full-time position of wife to her new husband, actor George O'Brien. The marriage ended in 1948. She made a brief return in 1950's BUNCO SQUAD but, other than that her career was over. She had two sons, Orin, a bassist with the New York Philharmonic and Darcy, an accomplished novelist. She passed away in her home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on January 9th. Her life strangely paralleled our next honoree, though they never made a movie together and there is no record that they ever met.
    FRANCES DRAKE was born in New York City on October 22, 1908. Like Marguerite, she had a brief but memorable career. From 1933 to 1942 she made 22 films. She starred with the biggest stars of her day-- stars like Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Cary Grant. Horror fans might remember her as the object of Peter Lorre's MAD LOVE in 1935. She played Colin Clive's wife while she drove Lorre insane with desire over her beautiful face, her delicate figure, her long brunette hair and her huge hazel eyes. Fans may also recall her as Karloff's deserting wife in the Karloff/Lugosi Universal 1936 classic, THE INVISIBLE RAY. She left show business due the objections of her new husband Lt. Cecil John Arthur Howard, the son of the 19th Earl of Suffolk. They lived lavishly together in Beverly Hills until his death in 1985. She subsequently married David Brown in 1990. She passed away on January 17th.
    HELENA CARTER only had a brief career, making only a dozen films from 1947 to 1953. Of that dozen only one of them was a science fiction film. But what a film! She played the psychiatrist, Dr. Pat Blake, that befriended young David Maclean (Jimmy Hunt) in the 1953 classic, INVADERS FROM MARS. Carter retired from the screen after her
marriage to Michael Meshekoff, who preceded her in death. She died on Jan. 11 in Culver City at the age of 76.
    MARC DAVIS was one of the Disney inner circle of animators that Walt used to nickname "the nine old men." He had another nickname at Disney--"the ladies man." He drew some of the most memorable Disney female characters. Cinderella, Alice, Tinkerbell, Bambi and Cruella DeVil all sprang from his pen. He helped to design the original Disneyland. He retired after 43 years, in 1978, but was still available to consult on the design of Epcot Center and Tokyo Disneyland. He passed away, at the age of 86, on January 12th.
    JEFFREY BOAM was a screenwriter who was responsible for some very well known pieces of Imaginative Cinema. He wrote INDIANA JONES AND THE LOST CRUSADE, INNER SPACE, THE LOST BOYS and THE PHANTOM. He also wrote two of the LETHAL WEAPON movies. Everyone who has seen his screenplay for the fourth installment of the INDIANA JONES series has been very enthusiastic about it. Spielberg and Ford have said that this is the script that they'll use when they make the movie. Boam died on January 26th from a heart condition brought on by a rare lung disease. He was 53. He's survived by a wife and three children.
    A.E. VAN VOGT, the prolific science fiction author, is dead at the age of 89. Harlan Ellison said of him, "During the Golden Age . . . of Science Fiction, which was the late '30s through the early '50s, A.E. van Vogt was one of the four or five pillars of the universe.The entire genre rested on his and a few others' shoulders." He used to quip that it should have been called the "Copper Age" of science fiction since writers for the classic pulps were paid a penny a word. He'll be well remembered for his first novel, Slan, the Weapons Shop stories and his Null-A series. In 1996 he was recognized as a Grand Master of science fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America and has been inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Over the last several years he has suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Donations can be made in Mr. van Vogt's memory to the Alzheimer's Assn., 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1700, Los Angeles, 90036.
    JOHN NEWLAND was an actor and director who has often been connected with various imaginative TV series. But there's one with which he'll always be connected. He co-created, hosted, directed and occasionally appeared in ONE STEP BEYOND. It was a syndicated show whose 94 episodes first aired from 1959 to 1961. It dealt mostly with the realm of psychic phenomena and plots that were unlikely but not impossible. Like it's TV soul-mate, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, ONE STEP BEYOND was usually well written and well acted, drawing up and coming stars that would later achieve fame. After the show went off the air he went on to direct episodes of such cult favorites as THRILLER, STAR TREK, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE SIXTH SENSE and NIGHT GALLERY. He died at his home in Los Angeles on January 10th. He was 82.
     DAVID LEVY died on January 25th at the age of 87. You may not know the name, but any kid growing up in the sixties would have snapped both fingers in time with the theme to the show that he created. David Levy is the creator of the TV show, THE ADDAMS FAMILY. The idea for the series came to Levy when he was strolling with a friend down New York's 5th Avenue and passed a display of Charles Addams' books. One, "Homebodies," showed the entire group of Addams characters in a family portrait on the cover. Levy was stopped in his tracks by the sight and told his friend: "There's a hit series!" He worked with Addams on a treatment, giving names to the family members--Morticia, Lurch,     Uncle Fester, Gomez. "They're not monsters or ghouls," Levy once said. "They're simply a rather peculiar family in the      neighborhood."
    HEDY LAMARR was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, the daughter of a Vienesse banker,  in 1913. She had the misfortune to be blossom into one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen. Beneath that beautiful veneer was a brilliant mind and a well-deveolped sense of humor that was never allowed to emerge. She first captured world attention in 1932 with the Czech film, ECSTASY, with a nude scene and some facial reaction shots during a lovemaking scene while cheating on her unresponsive husband (the director got the controversial facial shot by unexpectedly sticking a pin in her derriere at a key moment). Her notoriety grew with the scandal. Louis B. Mayer brought her over from Europe, changed her name to Hedy Lamarr, and sold her to the public as the most beautiful woman in the world. She made Charles Boyer's blood boil in ALGIERS (1938),  she drove Clark Gable nuts in COMRADE X (1940), she turned Walter Pidgeon to jelly in WHITE CARGO (1942) and she charmed the hair off Victor Mature's head in SAMSON AND DELILAH (1949). She lamented, "Any girl can be glamorous; all you have to do is stand there and look stupid." Her problem was she was not stupid. She was a genius. In 1942 the military issued a call for any civilians who had inventions that might help the war effort. She shared an idea with George Anthiel, a Hollywood composer. Together they introduced a system called "frequency hopping." The military snapped it up immediately but couldn't make it work with the state of World War II technology. As transistors became available in the 60's the idea merited a new look. "Frequency hopping" was first used in the 1962 Cuban blockade that was part of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It prevented eavesdropping on U.S. communications. It's still used for all military communications today and is used in some cell phones. Despite her accomplishment (which was not announced for some decades) she never broke out of the glamor trap. In 1966, in her autobiography, Ecstasy and Me, she wrote, "My face has been my misfortune. . . . It has attracted six unsuccessful marriage partners. It has attracted all the wrong people to my boudoir and brought me tragedy and heartache for five decades. My face is a mask I cannot remove. I must live with it. I curse it." Through her career an estimated $30 million passed through her fingers. She was forced to live modestly in her retirement, surviving on social security checks, a modest pension from the actor's pension fund and proceeds from an occasional law suit she'd file when a newspaper would do an unflattering story on her. She told a friend once, "When I die I want on my gravestone, 'Thanks for the colorful life.'" That life came to an end on January 19th. She was 86.

FEBRUARY CALENDAR

TUE 1st: VIDEO RENTALS- THE STIR OF ECHOES releases today.
               VIDEO SELL-THROUGH- BLADE RUNNER, ABSOLUTE POWER,
               SLEEPERS, THE PELICAN BRIEF, A BRONX TALE, TRUE CRIME,
              THE CORRUPTER, THE MALTESE FALCON, NOSFERATU, CABINET
              OF DR. CALIGARI, TARZAN, the twin pack of I KNOW WHAT YOU DID
             LAST SUMMER/ I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, DVD
             of GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH/ GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA,
             REBIRTH OF MOTHRA/ REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II, GODS AND MONSTERS
             and VIRUS release today.

FRI 4th: MOVIES- SCREAM 3 releases today

TUE 8th: VIDEO RENTALS- THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, FIST OF LEGEND,
               ANIMAL ROOM and ABSENCE OF THE GOOD releases today
               VIDEO SELL-THROUGH- SPELL WARS, ICEZELION the twin pack
               of STEPMOM/ARLINGTON ROAD

TUE 15th: VIDEO RENTALS- TOTAL RECALL 2070, GRAY OWL,THE MUSE,
                 BROKEDOWN PALACE, BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS and BLACK
                 CAT release today.
                 VIDEO SELL-THROUGH- OCTOBER SKY releases today
                 EVENT- Academy Award announcements

FRI 18th: MOVIES- PITCH BLACK releases today.

TUE 22nd: VIDEO RENTALS- BATS and THE EROTIC WITCH PROJECT  release today.
                  VIDEO SELL-THROUGH- MARTIAN SUCCESSOR: NADESICO V.2,
                  TATTOON MASTER, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND,
                  ANACONDA, FLATLINERS, THE NET, WOLF, THE LAST ACTION
                 HERO, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE
                 UNIVERSE on DVD and ZERO WOMAN: ASSASSIN LOVERS release today.

SAT. 26th: ICS MEETING AT 6:00

SUN 27th: TV-NBC airs THE 10th KINGDOM, part 1.

MON 28TH: TV-NBC airs THE 10th KINGDOM, part 2.

TUE 29th: VIDEO RENTALS- STIGMATA releases today.
                 VIDEO SELL-THROUGH- GALAXINA and THE WU TANG LIQUID
                 SWORD COLLECTION release today.